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In order to keep the cosmetics industry safe as well as innovative, there is a strong regulatory structure in place.

If you want to know about the new regulations and their effect on the industry, or the progress of alternative testing methods, or to stay on top of the latest regulatory requirements , we've got you covered!

New European project aims to boost toxicological knowledge of natural substances

28-Oct-2016 - Two cosmetics industry bodies in Europe are collaborating in a new project that aims to develop the toxocological knowledge of natural substances and boost innovation.

‘Communication is key to chemical safety’: European bodies join forces

26-Oct-2016 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has teamed up with the European Chemistry Industry Council (Cefic) and the Downstream Users of Chemicals Co-ordination group (DUCC) in a bid to strengthen chemical...

Aluminium salts study claims ingredient can be linked with cancer

11-Oct-2016 - A new study by the University of Geneva claims to show that aluminum salts, widely used in antiperspirants and deodorants, could be environmental breast carcinogens.

Animal testing: inquiry launched into EU bodies' statement

07-Oct-2016 - In light of the recent EU court ruling that there are to be ‘no exceptions’ to the animal testing ban on cosmetics, an inquiry has been launched into the official,...

Alternatives to animal testing: ECHA launches multi-language guide

30-Sep-2016 - The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) has launched guides to alternatives to animal testing and the REACH regulation, available to download in 23 languages.

Cosmetics stores rapped for carcinogenic products: London

28-Sep-2016 - Four UK businesses have been fined for selling cosmetics with banned ingredients, including some cancer-causing chemicals.

Animal testing ban: European Ombudsman examines claims against EU bodies

27-Sep-2016 - The official body responsible for investigating complaints about EU institutions is considering a complaint against the European Commission and the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) relating to the ban on animal...

Landmark court case upholds EU ban on animal testing: no exceptions

22-Sep-2016 - An EU court has ruled there are to be no exceptions in the region’s ban on cosmetics products that are tested on animals.

Organic beauty week plugs new Cosmetics Organic Standard

20-Sep-2016 - Organic beauty week has thrown a new certification for organic beauty products into the spotlight.

Greenwashing ‘still a risk for our sector’, says industry group

15-Sep-2016 - According to trade group NATRUE, the cosmetics and personal care industry faces a risk to consumer trust posed by greenwashing claims.

Bulldog speaks out in support of UK microbead ban

14-Sep-2016 - Bulldog for Men, British male grooming brand, has been one of the first to speak out in strong terms in favour of the ban announced on microbeads in the UK,...

Microbeads: UK government announces ban

06-Sep-2016 - Just days after a parliamentary committee released a review in favour of a ban in the UK, the government has announced any personal care products containing microplastic will be prohibited...

OECD approval given to animal testing alternative in Japan

06-Sep-2016 - The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has given approval to an animal testing alternative for cosmetic product allergies for use by Kao and Shiseido.

EC ban on MIT preservative in leave-on cosmetics approved

01-Sep-2016 - The European Commission has approved a ban on methylisothiazolinone (MIT) in leave-on cosmetics, a preservative traditionally used in water-based formulations - for example, in shampoos, liquid soaps, hand lotions and...

South Africa cosmetics industry set for regulatory overhaul

31-Aug-2016 - The beauty industry in South Africa is gearing up for regulatory changes following a proposal recently put forward by the government for public scrutiny.

UK looks set to tackle microbeads amid calls to ‘avoid the loopholes’

30-Aug-2016 - The UK government’s Environmental Audit Committee has called for a ban in the use of microbeads in cosmetics, which it recommends the country implements even if the EU avoids doing...

Guest article

Brexit and the UK cosmetics industry: a view from CTPA

23-Aug-2016 - In this guest article, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) outlines what the Brexit vote means for the UK cosmetics industry and how companies should be responding.

Louboutin wins Russian counterfeit cosmetics case

23-Aug-2016 - Christian Louboutin has won a lawsuit against four Russian companies for selling imitation Louboutin fragrances, granting the French company injunctive relief to prevent the rivals selling the products in question.

Chemicals and cosmetics come up for discussion in TTIP talks

16-Aug-2016 - In the most recent round of transatlantic trade and investment partnership (TTIP) discussions, cosmetics and chemicals were considered.

Symrise Amazon receives sustainability endorsement for cosmetic ingredient sourcing

10-Aug-2016 - The ingredient and fragrance maker announced yesterday that its fruit and seed sourcing in the region has been certified by the Union for Ethical BioTrade.

Trade group calls for ‘appropriate, relevant and strict’ natural beauty definition

05-Aug-2016 - As the apparently unstoppable rise of the naturals trend continues, an industry non-profit association, NATRUE, has spoken out against the lack of formal regulatory definition for the term.

Greenpeace urges governments worldwide to ban all microbeads

27-Jul-2016 - A new study by Greenpeace suggests that most of the world’s cosmetics players are failing to meet the organisation’s environmental standards because of different interpretations of microbeads.

European Commission gives nod to nano titanium dioxide as UV filter

26-Jul-2016 - The European Commission has confirmed an amendment to the list of accepted ultraviolet (UV) filters will now include nano-sized titanium dioxide.

L’Oréal heiress court saga continues as daughter is accused of bribery

21-Jul-2016 - More money, more problems as the saying goes. Which seems to be ringing true for the family behind the L’Oréal empire of late.

What is halal skin care and makeup, and what are the trends?

06-Jul-2016 - Halal is becoming big business for the beauty industry globally, and particularly in Asia: a central focus for this week’s in-cosmetics Korea event, we take a closer look at the...

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